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Old May 19th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently bought this china made Android Tv box , apparently i am still testing it out, it hasn't failed me in any application that i have installed

1. i have installed movie streaming and tv shows streaming application and result is good my wife dont want to watch regular tv anymore

2. installed angry bird works like magic

3. attached wireless keyboard and mouse combo can even read pdf type email its like a giant android pad .

company who made it is ???????????

i am not selling or anything just want to know if anybody else has tried it and what is their experience and also suggestions for applications for this box
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I have recently bought this china made Android Tv box , apparently i am still testing it out, it hasn't failed me in any application that i have installed

1. i have installed movie streaming and tv shows streaming application and result is good my wife dont want to watch regular tv anymore

2. installed angry bird works like magic

3. attached wireless keyboard and mouse combo can even read pdf type email its like a giant android pad .

company who made it is ???????????

i am not selling or anything just want to know if anybody else has tried it and what is their experience and also suggestions for applications for this box
thanks
Hi there. I have been looking at the exact same thing, looks really great. How is the build quality? There are a few like this on the market so I'm wondering which is the best.

Also what TV channels come pre-loaded on it? US based cable tv? I wonder where they're getting that content from, and how "legit" that is. Will those channels still be working after a few months?

Oh and regarding the keyboard, which one are you using? I have seen a really slick one that comes with a similar kind of box.

Thanks much.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 02:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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to my knowledge there is only one company making this specific unit and a dime a dozen sellers selling the product in china , i have already posted the link of the original manufacturer. sellers there are many you can buy from who so ever you feel comfortable with just make sure that they have in stock availability please confirm it through e-mail before you make the payment else it can be a long wait .

the best way to describe the system is that this is an android phone minus the Mike and LED screen, it has RJ-45 interface, wireless interface, three USBs power and that's about it the box fits into an average size hand. you need to have an TV with HDMI interface is it only works with HDMI interface there is no other way to connect the unit to TV

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the system is exactly like your android phone doesn't come with much applications the standard PDF reader quick office and stuff it doesn't come with preloaded channels you have to install applications such as movie stream , TV show stream, Mega viewer pro stream online contents, though I haven't installed SBS TV yet,

I am going to install couple of games and some kids learning apps and test the unit thoroughly but so far it's working fine web browser works fine you can play YouTube videos or any other video content available on websites but I'm not sure that it can play anything with Silverlight technology.

The only thing I wish is that if I can find some live wallpaper with background music I can convert my TV into a nice display picture with music.
Hope this helps do let me know if you do end up buying this unit and your experience with it
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Hi, thx for sharing your experience with the FV-1. I am interested in buying one but I need to make sure that I can use a wired keyboard with this device. I got the impression that the only way I can input something is to use the remote control that comes with it. It seems I am wrong as you mentioned you use a wireless keyboard. Could you tell me if you can use a wired keyboard to operate the FV-1? I intend to use the FV-1 as a desktop. I am a bit tired of living with the much "bloated" windows OS.
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to my knowledge there is only one company making this specific unit and a dime a dozen sellers selling the product in china , i have already posted the link of the original manufacturer. sellers there are many you can buy from who so ever you feel comfortable with just make sure that they have in stock availability please confirm it through e-mail before you make the payment else it can be a long wait .

the best way to describe the system is that this is an android phone minus the Mike and LED screen, it has RJ-45 interface, wireless interface, three USBs power and that's about it the box fits into an average size hand. you need to have an TV with HDMI interface is it only works with HDMI interface there is no other way to connect the unit to TV

I am using the following wireless keypad mouse combo
Cliptec : Featuring Future Technology

the system is exactly like your android phone doesn't come with much applications the standard PDF reader quick office and stuff it doesn't come with preloaded channels you have to install applications such as movie stream , TV show stream, Mega viewer pro stream online contents, though I haven't installed SBS TV yet,

I am going to install couple of games and some kids learning apps and test the unit thoroughly but so far it's working fine web browser works fine you can play YouTube videos or any other video content available on websites but I'm not sure that it can play anything with Silverlight technology.

The only thing I wish is that if I can find some live wallpaper with background music I can convert my TV into a nice display picture with music.
Hope this helps do let me know if you do end up buying this unit and your experience with it
I did some research, and what I found out about this device is that its using a hacked version of Android 2.2 that was customized to work on this device. Problem is once Android 3.1 comes out it probably wont work on this. Is there an upgrade option in the settings? I have my doubts, everyone who I talked to said I'll be at the mercy of the Chinese manufacturer so if they stop making updates we'll be stuck with the old and potentially buggy software.
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Hi, thx for sharing your experience with the FV-1. I am interested in buying one but I need to make sure that I can use a wired keyboard with this device. ................ I intend to use the FV-1 as a desktop. I am a bit tired of living with the much "bloated" windows OS.
if you want to use this unit as your desktop the functionality would be limited to the apps available in the market for android in other words typing e-mails browsing Internet, opening office documents or creating them, viewing PDF documents, playing games, YouTube videos that's all I can think of perhaps MY knowledge is limited to. though I am using it to read PDF books as I really hate reading books on computer monitor due to eyesight. the problems I foresee using this unit as a placement for Windows that the possibility of voice chat through Skype or any other IM is quite slim as there is no voice input or WebCam support ( meaning drivers etc.) not to mention printing doc etc.
Actually if you see the original manufacturer's website in my first post( just click ???????????) this unit does come with a keyboard as well though I have yet to come across some sellers who might be selling this unit with that keyboard. This unit does not come with PS/2 connections so you would be needing a wired keyboard mouse combo with USB connector or perhaps buy a PS/2 to USB connector and it should work as you can see in the picture below I have my wireless keyboard mouse combo connected to the unit through a wireless dongle

so one can similarly connect a wired keyboard and mouse through PS2 to USB converter available at any computer hardware store i don't any problem with that. I hope this helps
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I did some research, and what I found out about this device is that its using a hacked version of Android 2.2 that was customized to work on this device. Problem is once Android 3.1 comes out it probably wont work on this. Is there an upgrade option in the settings? I have my doubts, everyone who I talked to said I'll be at the mercy of the Chinese manufacturer so if they stop making updates we'll be stuck with the old and potentially buggy software.
I am not sure about hacked version of android 2.2 as to my understanding Google has released android under open license free for all use that is why android is so popular among equipment manufacturers.

you are correct in saying that eventually android version 3.1 or higher would be released rendering most of the new coming applications useless to be used with this unit, but that is true for every other android equipment as well I have a HTC desire HD dependent on updates from HTC as and when they wish to release it. as for the upgrade option it is mentioned in their manual the upgrade is possible through SD card and i think it will be similar to Flytouch 3 pad upgrade process , this is also mentioned in the manufacturer website at the bottom of the following link under firmware upgrade
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I bought this unit along with superpad 3 flytouch 3 android pad, for flytouch 3 I have found excellent support from forums such as this and others with modified roms /os which enhances buggy and sloppy job the Chinese manufacturer did and now for the price of US $145 I have a very nice android pad working with applications with no complaints unfortunately for this unit that is android TV there is no such support or forum though it is similar to flytouch3 in fact so much so that they say hardware is almost same and I have not come across any problem so far with this unit in terms of operation or installing software as oppose to flytouch 3 eventually I hope that they would be enough users of this unit then we can have a similar online support such as ROM updates etc. which should cover any future updates of android operating system.

Frankly speaking I only paid US$127 plus shipment for this unit and so far it is very well worth the price I've been buying media players for my TV for about four years now I have currently five useless fully working media players lying around which I have no use of now as this unit supersedes all of them not to mention that I have taken my children away from wii and hooked on this unit to play their games as they can install any type of game whenever they want so overall I'm quite happy with it (as i save a bundle buying/renting wii games) let's see what the future holds but to my point of view I foresee there would be a flood of similar equipment or perhaps better than this unit in the market as this will catch on as opposed to the smart TV offering by Samsung and Sony which are very limited in the offering of applications and usability of the device for multiple purposes and this is the cheaper way infect much cheaper way to make your "dumb" LCD LED TV smart
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Many thx,Awanone,for explaining how to resolve the keyboard problem.
Nowadays most families have a couple of computers at home. In my bedroom all I need is access to the internet, doing emails. occasionally i may need office software. I have never used android but i understand these functions are all taken care of. But you remind me of the limitation on skype, which i recently found to be a powerful way of communicating with my overseas family members. However this does not pose a problem for me as i can readily use my other PCs for this particular function. As far as i know this device has a samsung chip known as PV210, which performs quite well.

BTW how do you expand the storage as the built in harddisk is unlikely to be enough? are there two usb ports, i probably need one for the keyboard/mouse and another one for external memory?
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Many thx,Awanone,for explaining how to resolve the keyboard problem.
Nowadays most families have a couple of computers at home. In my bedroom all I need is access to the internet, doing emails. occasionally i may need office software. I have never used android but i understand these functions are all taken care of. But you remind me of the limitation on skype, which i recently found to be a powerful way of communicating with my overseas family members. However this does not pose a problem for me as i can readily use my other PCs for this particular function. As far as i know this device has a samsung chip known as PV210, which performs quite well.

BTW how do you expand the storage as the built in harddisk is unlikely to be enough? are there two usb ports, i probably need one for the keyboard/mouse and another one for external memory?
yes it is very true we are a family of 4 and have 6 web enabled devices and both my kids are under 8 years :-). yup this unit is perfect for the use you have in mind , now i am also thinking of buying another one to install in my room well for that i have to upgrade my internet connection to 100 mbps i guess :-) i am one heavy user of net.

dont worry about the space this unit actually has three usb connections two in front for keyboard & stuff and one at back for portable HD connection i actually don't have any portable HD else i would test it for you but at least that's what the manual says , and to top it off it has on the right side of the unit a SD card slot which can according to manual take upto 32 GB card size but a word of caution format the SD card in FAT and not NTFS or FAT32 it wont be recognized by the system. performance wise i don't have any issues so far it is a well built system. hope this helps

for Skype you can still do IM chat but no voice /video chat at the time , i guess this will improve over due time as the system evolves
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Hi I have also just ordered for one of these devices, just wanted to know how exactly do you manage to play angry birds on TV? Does'nt angry birds require a touch screen? I currently play Angry Birds on my HTC Desire HD

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1. i have installed movie streaming and tv shows streaming application and result is good my wife dont want to watch regular tv anymore

2. installed angry bird works like magic

3. attached wireless keyboard and mouse combo can even read pdf type email its like a giant android pad .

company who made it is ???????????

i am not selling or anything just want to know if anybody else has tried it and what is their experience and also suggestions for applications for this box
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Hi I have also just ordered for one of these devices, just wanted to know how exactly do you manage to play angry birds on TV? Does'nt angry birds require a touch screen? I currently play Angry Birds on my HTC Desire HD
well your finger on Desire HD works like a mouse pointer, in fv-1 you can add keyboard and mouse combo (wireless/wired) and use mouse to play , i just made a video for you to see as well enjoy though don't forget to your feedback when you get your unit would love to hear from another user

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What about the ability to play different video formats without conversions? I am interested in playing AVI and MKV. Does standart or some installed video player work well? Can this device be named as "eats all video formats"?
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awanone,

What about the ability to play different video formats without conversions? I am interested in playing AVI and MKV. Does standart or some installed video player work well? Can this device be named as "eats all video formats"?
I have tested the following file formats for movies
FLV , AVI (Divx & XVid) ,MKV, MOV, Mpeg, 3gp, WMV, VOB
I downloaded the sample files from the following urls
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1080p Test MKV examples (from Birds scene Earth movie) - Plex Forums
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for the first MKV file (1080P) I had some trouble but I have played it twice ( i mean two different files)in the video below , please note that there are two video players installed on the system itself you can take their names from the video below, there were no issues in playing the videos , the quality of videos were original from the source . I also had to reduce the quality of my own video (original more then 1 gb MOV format) to mp4 64 mb to upload to to youtube.
I can safely say that this unit can play almost every format , hope this answers your question

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Nice videos awanone, Now how about making a video about the channels that you have . Thanks!
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Nice videos awanone, Now how about making a video about the channels that you have . Thanks!
Now that's a million Dollar question, as this box has no TV Channels to speak of , i don't think the purpose of this box was to work as a Channel decoder /receiver but to bring computing functionality to your TV to make it smarter :-) , but all is not lost as Android does offer apps which one can install, i have the following apps installed
1. Megaviewer Pro you can stream moives from this app right from 1970 till 2011
2.Movie Stream movies again till 2009
3. Tv Show Stream they have alphabetical list of tv shows (US Shows) thousands of them .

rest as i have earlier wrote this box is just like a android NOTEPAD without the LCD screen
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I see what you mean now. I thought the box it self has TV channels.
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hello im really into this new product but im unsure wether to buy it says it plays flash but does it really ? can you post a video of it playing a say bbc iplayer video ? or even some random flash video ?
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hello im really into this new product but im unsure wether to buy it says it plays flash but does it really ? can you post a video of it playing a say bbc iplayer video ? or even some random flash video ?
okay, I tried BBC I player unfortunately in Singapore it's not available as you can see in the video below, then I went to BBC.co.uk and played a video the results you can see in the video as well, then I went to CNN.com and play the video there, it is the jerky due to bandwidth issues and not the player issue as we have school holidays here and bandwidth is fully utilized I'm in the process of upgrading my bandwidth. in the end I went to youtube and play the video within the browser as you can see in the normal mode and as well as full-screen mode. I hope this satisfies you that this unit does play Flash 10.1 as advertised without any problems or issues. I hope you find your experience if you do decide to buy this unit turns out to be a good. Enjoy

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thanks very much mate for taking the time to make a video , you have sold me and mines is ordered mate thanks very much seems like a great device and i can see it expanding alot in future !
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awanone you are really help full. Thanks buddy.
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Hi,
Appologies if this appears twice (still getting the hang of posting messages).

Like many of you good folks I have recently bought the FV-1 which is a very impressive piece of kit, but I do have some problems.
The main one is to do with the HDMI output. I have this connected to the HDMI2 input on my TV, this works fine when the unit boots up and shows the 'desktop'. The problem occurs if I then switch the TV to a different input (for example satellite rx on HDMI1) and then go back to the FV-1 on HDMI2, the output is no longer there, nothing on the screen.
The only way to get the FV-1 signal back is to remove then reapply power.
I've been in contact with the supplier and told them I believe the unit may be faulty.
As you can imagine this is a real pain so I wondered if any other users had the same problem?

Thanks in advance.
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Got mine today. Its neat does more or less what it says and USB keyboard works.

android.process.acore stopped expectedly is my big issue every 4-8 seconds so its unuseable

Per 1080p play back...hahah...no chance. It struggles with 720p mkv, SD xvids play ok. Flash on BBC iPlayer or ITV Player, very jerky over a hard wired 10mb cable connection with no other traffic. Both work fine from PC, Sony Bravia TV and HTC mobile phone (wifi). It comes with a few pre-installed apps but they are old out of date. RockPlayer for example, its good but old and didn't seem to like updating. I ditch it for Mobo Player which has hardware acceleration. 720p was almost ok then, no breakup, just dropping frames.

Settings are limited but enough. The remote does a ok job but seems to stick on screen sometimes and freezes sometimes.

I'll get some clips on youtube soon. I got mine from Kogan UK so going back to them with the fault...sigh

Oh and it is proper google android market
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Got mine yesterday. USB mouse and keyboard works. I prefer them to the remote as I am sitting in front of a 19 in TV/Mon. Love the right click on the mouse. It is the fastest exit key I have seen.

First time user of android. It is pretty smart with no mucking around. Still trying to get used to it and we are used to be faced with heaps of settings stuff. A lot of unix styled info... such as /etc , /dev. Lots of things to explore.

I hit a very straightforward problem.. I couldnt find the MAC address in this device for setting my wifi router. The "about machine" has very limited info. I am thinking of opening the box to see if there is a label on a chipset somewhere, but this would be the last resort. If anyone has a solution please.

I wish to confirm that the box is light. My wife said she wants a very pricey but space saving monitor with a built-in desktop in the kitchen. I said no need, just sticky taped this box to the back of a good looking monitor and you get one.
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I've found any apps that give you system information or CPU information cause it to crash. I have run some benchmarks on it though;

Linpack
MFLOPS 13.727
Time 6.11 seconds
Norm Res 5.8
Presision 2.220446049

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A tiny bit slower than a HTC Evo, Moto Droid X and faster than a Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire
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Just got mine FV-1 today.

Quite nice, but not good at playing videos!

How to update this thing? I guess i need some kind of a android.sk -file?
Where to get?

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Anyone who wants to try it. z4root works, once you run permanently root it will reboot and the controller wont connect, just turn it off and on at the wall.
changing the lcd density to 200 make it look nicer. adw launcher works nice. don't send things to it from teh market on your pc it will cause android.acore to crash.
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Which ver. of z4root? I tryed 1.31 (newest) and it just said I have to change USB 'something' which I can't find?

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I just got the latest one then did permanently root. I did ave an SD card in if that makes a difference.
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My problem is, that when running the Z4Root, it ask for me to change the USB Debugging Mode..... But where? I can't find that setting?

Please help, as I would like to do some settings to speed up the system and so on...

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My problem is, that when running the Z4Root, it ask for me to change the USB Debugging Mode..... But where? I can't find that setting?

Please help, as I would like to do some settings to speed up the system and so on...

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under settings > applications > development or something similar
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I dont have the Developement menu........ Thats the problem?

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Doesn't z4root pop up a thing telling you to enable it? just click yes and it opens the menu. All the menus are there just hidden. they are all functional as normal if a 3rd party app (z4root or whatever) wants to open them.
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I have a very important question for you, hope you can help me (yea, I'm beggin' ;-) ):
does Whatsapp works on Flexiview?
And...about skype...does the basic chat works aside the videocalls?

BTW, if the bluetooth is enabled you can just use a cheap bluetooth headset, isn't it?
Maybe a bluetooth camera too :-)
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In the interest of info sharing, the guys over at whirlpool posted a lot of useful info including new firmware files. Maybe a little collaboration is in order ... forums.whirlpool.net.au - JTV220 / Suli / Thinpax Android TV Box

Also, another nice blog post dedicated to updating the fv-1 corvusmod - Android TV (JTV220 / Suli / ThinPax / FlexiView FV-1 / GOCAL)

Haven't tried updating this thing myself yet, but others reported success. YMMV.
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I am posting on the whirlpool forums as well
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Thanks for the tip about upping lcd density to 200 .. will try that tonight.
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Wow I went on vacation for a few days and there's been a flood of activity on this thread. Which is good meaning more people are buying and experimenting with the unit and I'm not alone any more. Now will try to answer some of the questions asked by you guys to the best of my ability.
@ RADAR1 interesting problem , no I don't have such issues as I have cable connected on Scart1, this unit connected on HDMI2, when switching between these modes is no issue whatsoever, is your TV remote somehow on the same frequency of FV-1 remote that somehow when you click the TV mode signal it is translated by FV-1 as “turn off”, else changing mode on your TV has got nothing to do with this unit. I hope your issue has been resolved by now.
@Maurice C I had the same issue of finding out the wireless MAC address as I also filter through Mac address rather than other security features, unfortunately there is no way to find out the Wi-Fi MAC address the only way you can do it is to turn off security features on your Wi-Fi router and then try to connect this unit through Wi-Fi without any security it should show up in the connected device section of your router interface which you can access through web. I did it the same way.
@NX3 I installed android system info version 1.14 and I have no crash whatsoever on my unit. you should give this app a try hopefully this might resolve your issue.
@ diomorgan most of the apps work on this unit. For instance Skype does work only on IM chat though I did try to call out using Skypeout and I could hear the ring of the phone from my TV speakers, now I am planning to buy a Bluetooth headset and try to connect to this unit assuming that the Bluetooth stack has been left intact and certain aspects are not disabled if so then I think should be able to have voice chat as well, if somebody has tried it please do let me know saves me the money to buy the Bluetooth handset for this experiment. Besides skype I have installed launcher pro, maga viewer pro, movie stream, TV show stream, hungry shark, angry birds and bunch of other kids games. My kids are also using it to do their web-based school homework. I haven't tried any hard-core stuff such as rooting the device etc.
@miji2 thanks for the links I did visit and studied and managed to upgrade my unit without any hitch though I had to reinstall all my applications. The air mouse was giving me some trouble but powering off and powering up again sorted the issue. I think this update is meant for the main Chinese market as it has a lot of movie streaming links from Chinese server which are web-based and in Chinese.
@ Warpedflash have you tried to use VISIONary to root the device. Any advice on that has anyone tried using this app to root, sorry just need a heads up don't want to brick my unit my kids will kill me.
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yes they seems about quite right but slightly high on the price end i bought mine for US$127 + 25 odd for DHL shipment, china post was free :-) .
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@awanone I havent tested any other rooting tools as z4root worked fine here and I don't have a jtag or anything similar if I balls it up.
Jusyt use z4root when it says you need to enble usb debugging just let it take you to the "hidden" development menu. turn all all teh settings here that you want on as I have yet to find a way back into it.
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Hello to all friends of the Forum
I am very interested in this box and I wanted to ask friends if that Android software on the network can share files in the hard disk. The box can act as a Samba server or FTP server? Thanks to all
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Awanone, thank for the answer, but the most important for me is Watsapp since a lot of my friends use it on their mobile.I just would like to know if whatsapp will recognize that system is NOT a phone (as it does on iPod Touch/iPad).
Hope you can help me, but, as said befor, thank you very much for your previous answer! :-)
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I am very interested in this box and I wanted to ask friends if that Android software on the network can share files in the hard disk. The box can act as a Samba server or FTP server? Thanks to all
Using this device as samba server would be bit far fetched having hardware limitations such as ram and disk space , but yet again if there is an app in android for such purposes it should work , as far as the network sharing is concerned here is the link to the forum where a gentleman by the name of steveandbelle have done some work look for update2 on this following link , its fifth post from the top

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1679431

hope this helps you please do update us here if you do manage to get this little box working as a samba server that i would love to know
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Awanone, thank for the answer, but the most important for me is Watsapp .................................................. ............
Hope you can help me, but, as said befor, thank you very much for your previous answer! :-)
Ok i did install the whatsapp on my FV-1 which i have already upgraded here is the image you can see the app installed in the red box




unfortunately it doesn't work and i get the following error message as in the image below



now the reason why it doesn't work in this system is quite straight forward this software replaces/supersedes SMS services and FV-1 doesn't have any SMS service as it is not a phone but designed more on line with tablets I am sorry i couldn't be of more help , Please do bear in mind this unit doesnt replace/perform as a phone
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Thank you Awanone for the tip about the MAC address. It is a clever way indeed.

By the way, I am not sure whether I have a defective remote or else. The green light doesn't show up instantly when I press the on/off switch on the remote. In fact it is booting up but the green light turns on only after one of two minutes. I would have thought that it turns on as soon as I press the switch. It also takes longer than I thought to boot up.
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Firstly a very big thankyou to awanone for replying to my query. Unfortunately the problem is still the same and I'm getting used to re powering the box each time I change TV inputs!

I do have another issue at the moment which is to do with a mini bluetooth keyboard/trac pad I bought from ebay. No matter what I try I cannot get it to connect to the FV-1 (I've paired and connected it to a laptop without any problem). I can see and pair it with the FV-1 but nothing more.
Has anyone else tried to do this?

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Hi,
im really intrested in one of those device, tho no HD MKV playback is a bit of a disapointment. But i still have my WDTV for that.
I was looking forward to use this to surf the web (flash is not really needed), email and so on my big TV. Slideshows with pictures of my camera SD Card would be nice to, as well as some games.

Is there a chance for HD Playback in the future? the hardware should be more than cabable imo. I googled arround and found several other movieplayers for android, many with hardware acceleration, has anyone tried other players?
I watch many small encoded tvshows (also anime with subs) in mkv container (H264 Video). Has anyone tried those? Resolution is not bigger than 480p.

I found several other android based set-top boxes arround, but i really like the normal UI and the wii-mote like controls on this one.
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By the way, I am not sure whether I have a defective remote or else. The green light doesn't show up instantly when I press the on/off switch on the remote. In fact it is booting up but the green light turns on only after one of two minutes. I would have thought that it turns on as soon as I press the switch. It also takes longer than I thought to boot up.
@Maurice C not at all your unit is not defective, its same here. One thing you need to get used to of buying Chinese product that Chinese tend to deal with quantity and not quality they make money selling bulk and that's the secret of them being the cheapest in the world and when you are dealing bulk one tends to cut corners left and right like buying slow response of transistor circuits and other electric hardware which is cheaper than the most current updated versions. Usually big companies like Sony and LG or Samsung tends to focus on quality hence a price tag.
I also when want to turn on the unit have to hold the power button for about 20 seconds before I even see some activity happening or like turning on first-time booting process or cold boot takes longer but the subsequent stand by power on cycles are slightly quicker. I hope it helps
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Firstly a very big thankyou to awanone for replying to my query. Unfortunately the problem is still the same and I'm getting used to re powering the box each time I change TV inputs!

I do have another issue at the moment which is to do with a mini bluetooth keyboard/trac pad I bought from ebay. No matter what I try I cannot get it to connect to the FV-1 (I've paired and connected it to a laptop without any problem). I can see and pair it with the FV-1 but nothing more.
Has anyone else tried to do this?

Thanks.
@RADAR1 I used to have a similar problem with two of my devices one being the TV tuner and the other was my media player every time I try to play my media player the TV tuner would reset itself to the very first channel on the program list. My suggestion would be just try to change the TV mode manually through the controls on the TV rather than through remote control and then see whether this unit gives you problem cause as far as my knowledge goes HDMI output is a one-way communication with the TV, I don't see any other reason than remote frequency conflict.
Blue tooth is also a sore point for me as well, I recently invested some money in buying a Blue tooth hands-free under the assumption that I might be able to work skype through this unit for voice chat as previously when I dialed out from skype out I could have the bell ringing on my TV speakers so under the assumption that the Blue tooth stacks are left untouched I might be able to connect my hands-free and get the signal going. Under the original version I was not able to pair anything with a box except it picked up something most probably my hand phone or something for Blue-tooth file transfer. I have updated my system following instructions from the other website { link mentioned underneath} which tends to add a lot of Chinese bloatware I have yet try again to connect my hands-free with the system. I assume you are going through the same problem my sincere advise is to is to use wireless dongle-based keyboard and mouse rather than Blue tooth-based or try [at your own risk no responsibility to me for advising] updating your system and see whether you can reconnect it to the Blue tooth keyboard I hope this helps.
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1679431
please read through the above link ,somewhere it is mentioned by somebody about resolving their Blue tooth connectivity issue by upgrading their software on that note please do remember that sometimes upgrading might brick your box that's the risk you need to calculate on your own. I hope this helps
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Hi,
im really intrested in one of those device, tho no HD MKV playback is a bit of a disapointment. But i still have my WDTV for that.
I was looking forward to use this to surf the web (flash is not really needed), email and so on my big TV. Slideshows with pictures of my camera SD Card would be nice to, as well as some games.

Is there a chance for HD Playback in the future? the hardware should be more than cabable imo. I googled arround and found several other movieplayers for android, many with hardware acceleration, has anyone tried other players?
I watch many small encoded tvshows (also anime with subs) in mkv container (H264 Video). Has anyone tried those? Resolution is not bigger than 480p.

I found several other android based set-top boxes arround, but i really like the normal UI and the wii-mote like controls on this one.
@Sonic-NKT this impression is not true that this unit cannot play MKV file format. I have already posted a video on this very format couple of posts up yes it might not be able to play high-resolution MKV video but it does play MKV video. In fact I am yet to come across a video format which unit cannot play as demonstrated on the same YouTube video.
Streaming MKV through your network might slow down the player function but I haven't seen any problem if you are playing it through ST card or an attached HDD.
Having said that in couple of days I will find couple of MKV formats and play them through ST card and put up a video just to clear this issue out as far as I can understand playing upto 1080 p shouldn't be an issue.
If you can post few links or PM them to me for the MKV files that you are worried about whether this unit can play or not I will try to play them on my player make a video and upload it you can make your decision whether to invest in this unit or some other.
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thanks for the fast reply...
The files im talking about are like this..
Small encoded tvshows (23min around 70MB) in quite good quality.
i uploaded a sample file on megaupload: MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

Thanks for testing!!
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